Kurihashi summer festival

The Kurihashi Summer Festival is a local celebration in Kuki City. It is generally on after Kuki’s largest and nationally acclaimed Kuki Lantern Festival. The Kurihashi festival is a mikoshi festival. Mikoshi are portable shrines. The Mikoshi (portable shrines) are paraded around town by teams of locals for the two nights of the festival.

Kurihashi Summer Festival

In 2024 the festival is on Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st 2024. Each evening the festival starts around 6 pm and ends about 9.30 pm. Often mikoshi bearers wear happi jackets, but at this festival most of them are bare shouldered. I can tell you from personal experience of carrying a mikoshi that even with padding on the shoulder, the weight of the wooden bar is painful. So I am totally in awe of the townsfolk of Kurihashi who carry the mikoshi half naked!

There is usually some dance and taiko drum performances also. However, Kuki City have said they won’t release a schedule or further details about this year’s festival until nearer the time. Please check with the official website, linked below, for future updates.

Information

Event: Kurihashi Summer Festival くりはし夏祭り

Dates: Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st 2024

Time: from 6 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: there is no participation fee

Venue: Kurihashi Station East exit, 1-chōme-1 Kurihashikita, Kuki, Saitama 349-1101. View on Google Maps.

Access

The festival area is close to the east exit of Kurihashi Station. Kurihashi station is jointly run by Tobu and JR railways. It is on both the Tobu Nikko and JR Utsunomiya lines. There is no official parking lot for this festival. Moreover, traffic will be restricted on the evening of the festivals.

Official event page.

The featured photo at the top of the post is just an image. From AC photo.

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